Marvin A. Sweeney

in King Josiah of Judah

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195133240
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834693 | DOI:

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Although many scholars maintain that the book of Zephaniah shows evidence of considerable editing during the postexilic period, a form‐critical analysis of the structure of the book indicates that it was written to support Josiah's reform. Zephaniah is formulated as a prophetic exhortation to seek YHWH. It employs the threat of punishment to motivate its audience to reject pagan worship, and it points to the downfall of Judah's primary enemies to emphasize that YHWH was already beginning to act. Zephaniah's portrayal of Jerusalem's restoration points to Josiah's efforts to reunite Israel and Judah around the Jerusalem Temple.

Keywords: form‐critical analysis; Jerusalem Temple; Jerusalem's restoration; prophetic exhortation; redaction‐critical analysis; YHWH; Zephaniah

Chapter.  7047 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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